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Enter the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Photo Competition

Why not make the most of the weather and take part in our garden wildlife photography competition? Whether your outside space is a window box or a few acres, we’d love to see the wildlife you’re enjoying on your doorstep. We may be in lockdown, but the flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, insects […]

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The Lake District Coast – Our Coast

The Lake District Coast – Our Coast When we think of escapes and short breaks we usually only consider a bucket list of exotic destinations further afield. But true escapes can be found closer to home and if you really want to get away from it all, you don’t need to look any further than […]

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Thirlmere – Our Lakes series

Thirlmere – Our Lakes As you drive by Thirlmere you can be forgiven for thinking this peaceful location hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A casual glance suggests that except for a handful of farms, a couple of churches and the road beneath you, the valley once known as Wythburndale, has retained a timeless quality. […]

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#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway

#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway Firth The Pogge or Hooknose is a very distinctive and easy to recognise small fish normally growing up to 10cm long but occasionally reaching 15 cm or more.  Overall colour is grey/brown with dark patches. It is not uncommon and is listed as a species of […]

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#61 The Spiny Starfish (Marthasterias Glacialis) Wildlife of the Solway

#61 The Spiny Starfish (Marthasterias Glacialis) Wildlife of the Solway Firth This is a potentially quite large ( up to 70cm/28in across)  brownish/greenish grey starfish, sometimes with purple tips, that is native to Britain and found on the western coasts of England, Wales and Scotland. You are very unlikely to find one in a rockpool […]

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#62 The European Squid (Loligo Vulgaris) Wildlife of the Solway

#62 The European Squid (Loligo Vulgaris) Wildlife of the Solway Firth Although there are several species of squid found in UK waters, their biology and habits are similar. One species found in The Solway Firth is the European squid which ranges South to North Africa and the Mediterranean, growing up to a size of between […]

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Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside

Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside Primary School Teacher, Josie Carding, has left the classroom, to take learning outdoors. After teaching in an inner city, Carlisle school, Josie has taken the leap to set up her own business ‘Dens, Daisies & Discoveries’, in order to get children more active and reconnected with the natural […]

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Derwent Water – Our Lakes series

Images by Andrew Locking If it wasn’t for the passage of time, weather and erosion we may never have ever featured Derwent Water as part of ‘Our Lakes’ series. It was once part of a much larger lake which would have merited nothing more than a few extra words in our Bassenthwaite feature earlier this […]

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Ewe too – Herdwick Sheep

Images courtesy of Andrew Locking The Lake District would look very different without the iconic Herdwick and you’ll spot plenty about at this time of year as the inclement weather brings them off the fells and into the valleys and farms. These unique woolly flocks are vital to the maintenance of the landscape as lovable […]

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Western Walks – Lanthwaite Hill

Distance: 4.0 miles Ascent: 400 feet Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the Lakes’ most breathtaking views and inspired a JMW Turner watercolour on his first visit to the Lake District in 1797.  This short walk has been popular since and is renowned for its views, bluebells, wildflowers, wildlife and history. Lanthwaite Hill is shown on […]

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